Jamra primary scholl for children affected by HIV/AIDS, drugs or poverty, Senegal (c) Nell Freeman/Alliance Participants in the Photovioce project, Ecuador © Marcela Nievas for the Alliance
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Alliance practice in SRHR and HIV integration

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APR
2009

Aids Alliance

In our fourth good practice update, Gill Gordon, senior advisor on SRHR in the Alliance secretariat's Best Practice team, describes what the International HIV/AIDS Alliance is doing in policy and programming around Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) and HIV linkages, and how the different components can be linked.

In 2008, Alliance partners in nineteen countries reported linked and integrated SRHR-HIV policy and programming.

For example in Southern Africa, the Alliance implements programmes to improve sexual and reproductive health and provide psychosocial support for young people aged 8-24 years. This includes training young peer educators and teachers to provide comprehensive sexuality and life-skills interactive learning sessions, and encouraging traditional puberty teachers to adapt their teachings.

The regional project has also created youth-friendly health services and used local radio to catalyze community discussions. This comprehensive linked programme resulted in an increase in community dialogue on sexual and reproductive health and rights, more equal gender relations between girls and boys and a reduction in early marriage and pregnancy.

In the Caribbean, community animators are reaching sex workers with information on SRH and HIV and female condoms. The sex workers are concerned about the protection of their children and this gives them the courage to have an HIV test, access the services they need and use condoms consistently.

In Andhra Pradesh, Alliance India has established community sexual health clinics to serve thousands of the most marginalised men and women. These 'Mythri' clinics provide services, mobilise communities, and train outreach workers to empower female sex workers and men who have sex with men to practise safer sex and get prompt treatment for sexually transmitted infections. They also refer clients for HIV testing, antiretroviral treatment and other support services.

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This good practice update is intended to complement good practice update 3: Linkages and Integration of sexual and reproductive health, rights and HIV.